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Because harnesses wrap snugly around the torso of your pet, they are very secure, even comforting for them, and the harness will keep your pet in place. In the car, the harness is a great safety measure. In the event of a sudden stop, the obvious difference between a collar and a harness alone makes it clear which is the smarter choice. Connected to the seatbelt, the harness will help to safeguard your pet when travelling in the car. And some harnesses can be a great solution for those little escape artists. For example, the Tre Ponti Strap harnesses are practically inescapable, even for cats.
As noted by the AKC, you will have more control over your dog by using a harness than with a collar. This is true whether you have a big dog, small dog, or even a cat. With large dogs, a harness gives you better control and is also easier on your arms and back. With smaller pets, the harness envelopes the torso, so that control is easy and safe. Whether it be a big dog, small dog, or small pet, harnesses are the best choice.
A collar puts a great deal of unnecessary pressure on your dog's neck. As she pulls against her collar, choking, coughing, and neck injuries can result or be hastened. By contrast, a harness distributes her entire weight throughout her body while giving you control at the same time. This is especially important for pets with health issues. Be it an old dog, an injured dog, a pet with trachea problems, or a disabled pet--a harness can really help! Even if your dog just needs a little assistance to get on his feet, a harness pulls him up gently without causing any pain or discomfort.